John P. Frank
Mr. Frank passed away on September 7, 2002. He was a partner in Lewis & Roca’s Commercial Litigation Group. His extensive experience included appeals, civil litigation and antitrust. Prior to joining the firm in 1954, Mr. Frank served as Law Clerk to Mr. Justice Hugo L. Black during the October 1942 term of the United States Supreme Court. He also was Assistant Professor of Law at Indiana University from 1946-49 and Associate Professor of Law at Yale University from 1949-54 and during that time was associated with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.
-John P. Frank, Arizona attorney
Rules according to Frank: “be kind, always do your best and live life big!”
“The ethics of our profession call upon us to do what we can for the improvement of the law and the system, as well as for the public service in general”.
A tireless advocate for justice for all. “He played a pivotal role in ending gender discrimination in Phoenix law firms” says Jose Cardenas.
Mr. Frank was involved in more than 500 appeals in his years with the firm. These include many cases at the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, other federal circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. A more notable appeal concerned the premium required to be paid by physicians at a medical school for malpractice insurance and resulted in client savings of over seven million dollars. He continued to be active in state trial courts and federal district courts, where he represented the motion picture industry in antitrust litigation, represented a newspaper on antitrust and contract issues, and recently represented an air tanker contractor in federal district court litigation on an issue of whether certain planes were properly acquired.
Mr. Frank was frequently called upon for opinions, as for example, the water rights of an Arizona Indian tribe. His professional work was entirely occupied with litigation in a variety of forums, in legal matters either in anticipation of litigation or seeking to avoid litigation.
From 1960-70, Mr. Frank was a member of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States and continues to meet regularly with it; a member of the Arizona Salary Commission from 1970-82; and a member of the Arizona Appellate Court Nominating Committee from 1972-84 and chairman of the nominating commission for the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (Southern) from 1977-1980.
He was a Director of the Alliance for Justice (headquartered in Washington, D.C.) and past Chairman of the Senior Advisory Board for the Ninth Circuit of Appeals. A former board member of the Phoenix Art Museum, he was very active in pro bono litigation.
Mr. Frank wrote 11 books on legal history and constitutional law. His publications include: Cases and Materials on Constitutional Law, Callaghan & Co.; Cases on the Constitution, McGraw-Hill; Mr. Justice Black, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; Marble Palace, The Supreme Court in American Life, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; Lincoln as a Lawyer, University of Illinois Press; Justice Daniel Dissenting, Harvard University Press; The Warren Court, The MacMillan Co.; American Law: The Case for Radical Reform, The MacMillan Co.; Clement Haynsworth, The Senate, and The Supreme Court, The University Press of Virginia. He was a frequent publisher of articles in numerous publications.
He was Order of the Coif and was a recipient of the Harley Award in 1984. In 1997, he received the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award from the American Inns of Court Foundation in a ceremony in the Supreme Court chamber of the United States Supreme Court.
In 1992, Mr. Frank was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Distinguished Service Award and the Arizona Bar Foundation’s Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of law. He had honorary doctorates from Lawrence University and Arizona State University.
Mr. Frank was listed in the current edition of “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” For five consecutive years, he made “National Law Journal’s” list of The Best Lawyers in America 1999-2000®, Copyright 1999 by Woodward/White, Aiken, SC. Mr. Frank was rated by Martindale-Hubbell as a “Preeminent Attorney.”
Mr. Frank was a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona and the American Judicature Society. He served on the Council of the American Law Institute and was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.